infantilize

[ in-fuh n-tl-ahyz, -tahy-lahyz, in-fan-tl-ahyz ]
/ ˈɪn fən tlˌaɪz, -taɪˌlaɪz, ɪnˈfæn tlˌaɪz /
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verb (used with object), in·fan·til·ized, in·fan·til·iz·ing.

to keep in or reduce to an infantile state.
to treat or regard as infantile or immature.

Nearby words

  1. infantile purulent conjunctivitis,
  2. infantile scurvy,
  3. infantile sexuality,
  4. infantile spasm,
  5. infantilism,
  6. infantine,
  7. infantry,
  8. infantry fighting vehicle,
  9. infantryman,
  10. infants' school

Also especially British, in·fan·til·ise.

Origin of infantilize

1940–45; infantile + -ize, or by back formation from infantilization

Related formsin·fan·til·i·za·tion, noun

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